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  • 26 February, 2021

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IT Regulation Rules 2021

  • Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 have been framed under the Information Technology Act, 2000, and it supersedes the IT Rules, 2011.
  • It will ensure a harmonious, soft-touch oversight mechanism in relation to social media platform, digital media and OTT platforms etc.
  • Part- II of these Rules to Social Media shall be administered by Ministry of Electronics and IT.
  • These Rules empower the users of digital platforms to seek redressal for their grievances on infringement of their rights.
  • If due diligence is not followed by the intermediaries, including social media, safe harbour provisions will not apply to them.
  • Grievance Officer, appointed by intermediaries, shall acknowledge the complaint within 24 hours and resolve it within 15 days.
  • Ensures online safety and dignity of users, especially women, by removing or disabling the contents within 24 hours of receipt of complaints of contents.
  • A distinction between social media intermediaries and significant social media intermediaries is made, based on the number of users.
  • Chief Compliance Officer shall be appointed for ensuring compliance with the Act and Rules.
  • Nodal Contact Person shall be appointed for 24x7 coordination with law enforcement agencies.
  • Part-III on Ethics Code in relation to digital media shall be administered by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • This Code of Ethics prescribes the guidelines to be followed by OTT platforms and online news and digital media entities.
  • OTT platforms would self-classify the content into 5 age based categories - U (Universal), U/A 7+, U/A 13+, U/A 16+, A (Adult).
  • Publishers of digital news would observe Norms of Journalistic Conduct of the Press Council of India and the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act.
  • A three-level grievance redressal mechanism has been established under the rules with 3 levels of self-regulation.

Source: TH


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